Tungsten Carbide Rings: The Complete Guide

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When you think of wedding bands, gold or platinum most likely comes to mind. However, an increasingly popular material on the market is neither of these and happens to be far more affordable than both. If you're on the hunt for something that's bold and unique, tungsten carbide might be ideal.

What Is Tungsten Carbide?

Tungsten carbide is the result of combining or alloying carbon with tungsten, hard and dense metal with a high melting point. Tungsten carbide is a deep gray color in its untreated, natural state, but it can be polished, sandblasted, or carved to give it a wide range of finishing aesthetics.

“The best quality tungsten carbide rings include at least 80 percent tungsten,” says Blue Nile senior merchandiser Roxanna Rector. “This combination makes rings that are strong, hypoallergenic, tarnish-resistant, and that will maintain their polish for a lifetime.”

Meet the Expert

  • Roxanna Rector is the Senior Buyer for engagement and bridal rings at Blue Nile.

Ready to learn more about tungsten carbide rings? Read on to learn about the pros and cons of these rings and how to care for one.

Pros and Cons of Tungsten Carbide Rings

Tungsten carbide rings have a lot going for them. The affordable wedding bands are significantly cheaper than gold or platinum, and they are hypoallergenic and scratch and tarnish resistant. Tungsten carbide is a hard, durable material that will remain polished virtually forever.

Of course, there are some shortcomings that coincide with purchasing a tungsten carbide ring. For starters, there’s a chance your supplier may be offering a ring with a purity level that is lower than 80 percent. Second, “because of its natural hardness properties, the ring is susceptible to cracking if dropped on a hard surface like cement or marble,” Rector notes.

And because tungsten isn’t malleable like gold, it can’t be resized. It’s also worth noting that tungsten carbide rings are typically heavy—though Rector says they are a comparable weight to platinum—which can be a plus or minus depending on your preference.

What to Look for in a Tungsten Carbide Ring

As previously noted, if you’re buying a tungsten carbide ring it’s important to find one that’s at least 80 percent tungsten.

  • How can I tell if the ring is high quality? “At this purity, it is 10x harder than 18k gold and has a weight that’s substantial and luxurious, similar to platinum,“ Rector says. Sometimes sellers will use an expensive filler in place of tungsten, causing the value and integrity of the ring to diminish.
  • Can tungsten carbide rings be resized? Because tungsten carbide rings are incredibly hard, they cannot be resized. “Consider buying your regular size as well as a half size up and keep the one that fits the best,” she notes. “If you buy a ring 6mm or wider, you may need a slightly larger size than what a ring sizer will tell you due to how much of your finger the ring will cover.”

How to Care for a Tungsten Carbide Ring

Because tungsten carbide rings are so durable, they require little to no maintenance. “The most important way to care for Tungsten rings is to ensure you don’t drop them on hard surfaces such as marble or cement, as they can crack and be difficult to repair,” Rector says.

Ahead, scroll through 20 sleek and modern tungsten carbide wedding rings.

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Blue Nile Comfort Fit Wedding Band

Blue Nile Comfort Fit Wedding Band

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This tungsten carbide is a sleek and industrial option for the modern bridal aesthetic. The minimalistic design is best for any groom.

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Thorsten Rings HONOR Gold Plated Tungsten Beveled Ring

Thorsten Rings HONOR Gold Plated Tungsten Beveled Ring

Courtesy of Thorsten Rings 

The gold brushed finish on this 1.6mm ring gives it an elevated finish. Plus, the beveled edges add a subtly unique touch of detail.

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Little King Jewelry Isabella Domed White Tungsten Wedding Band

Little King Jewelry Isabella Domed White Tungsten Wedding Band

Courtesy of Little King Jewelry

Add a bit of sparkle to your Tungsten Carbide ring with this sleek yet striking piece. Featuring three simple diamonds, you simply can't go wrong with a band like this.

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Zales Triton Comfort Fit Tungsten Wedding Band

Zales Triton Comfort Fit Tungsten Wedding Band

Courtesy of Zales 

As the adage goes, sometimes less is more. This sleek and slender band is still sophisticated without too many design details.

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Gaboni Jewelers MIDA Round Black Tungsten Wedding Band

Gaboni Jewelers MIDA Round Black Tungsten Wedding Band

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There’s something oh-so-cool about a black band, no? Dark and moody, this ring has an edgy aesthetic. 

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Little King Jewelry Sol Traditional Domed Rose Gold Plated Tungsten Wedding Band

Little King Jewelry Sol Traditional Domed Rose Gold Plated Tungsten Wedding Band

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Rose gold is always a good idea for a wedding band. This selection from Little King Jewelers has gold plated tungsten for exceptional durability and paired with Little King's craftsmanship.

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Lovemark Black Ion-Plated Tungsten Carbide Men's Wedding Band

Lovemark Black Ion-Plated Tungsten Carbide Men's Wedding Band

Courtesy of Kohl's 

This bold ring offers a satin and polished finish that makes the band look like matte. Edgy and sleek, a piece like this is bound to make a strong statement.

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Blue Nile Comfort Fit Gray Wedding Band

Blue Nile Comfort Fit Gray Wedding Band

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If shiny metals aren’t your thing, this gray-hued Tungsten ring may fit the bill. The comfort design offers a seamless fit while exuding an industrial and masculine look.

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Little King Jewelry Samara Tungsten Wedding Band with Ash Wood Inlay

Little King Jewelry Samara Tungsten Wedding Band with Ash Wood Inlay

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If you're searching for a non-traditional ring, then a light wood inlay is a unique option. This band fuses ash wood on top of the tungsten, which creates a contrasting balance between the two materials. 

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Yorks Jewelry Design Black Tungsten Wedding Band

Yorks Jewelry Design Black Tungsten Wedding Band

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This band is crafted with comfort in mind. The band is easy to wear thanks to its extensive durability and protection against shipping and scratching. The ring is completed with a matte finish.

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Kay Jewelers 6mm Wedding Band Tungsten Carbide

Kay Jewelers 6mm Wedding Band Tungsten Carbide

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Although there are no stones on this band, it's sure to shine. The contemporary fit of this ring makes the design look sleek and modern.

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Triton Jewelry Tungsten Carbide Ring

Triton Jewelry Tungsten Carbide Ring

Courtesy of Triton Jewelry 

Do you love the look of yellow gold? Then, this band is for you. Plated with a satin finish, this band made of tungsten carbide has a stunning design with impeccable damage resistance. The step edge gives the ring sophisticated detail. 

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James Allen White Tungsten Carbide Bright Step Band

James Allen White Tungsten Carbide Bright Step Band

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This band has white tungsten carbide, which gives it a timeless and classic look. Aside from the impeccable design details, this ring is crafted with technology in mind—the band contains 85% tungsten carbide—making it a high-quality ring.

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Jared 8mm Wedding Band Tungsten Carbide Black PVD

Jared 8mm Wedding Band Tungsten Carbide Black PVD

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Simplicity doesn't equal boring. This band with a black matte finish is bold and distinct. Sleek and modern, a piece like this is still eye-catching.

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Modern Gents Trading Co. The Elite Ring

Modern Gents Trading Co. The Elite Ring

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As its name suggests, this ring looks elite. Rose gold breaks up the dark tungsten color and adds a warm glow to the ring. The band is thicker to add a comfortable fit.

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JewelryByFordos Meteorite Titanium Wedding Ring

JewelryByFordos Meteorite Titanium Wedding Ring

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This tungsten ring is made to imitate a meteorite. Instead of just a simple tungsten ring, opt for a ring with special textured details like this. 

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Larson Jewelers Waterford Beveled Diamond Tungsten Wedding Band

Larson Jewelers Waterford Beveled Diamond Tungsten Wedding Band

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For extra shine, choose a band that has a stone. This .06 carat round-cut diamond band pairs nicely with the white gold bezel on the ring. The best feature of the band? Although it's lighter in color, it won't show scratches thanks to the tungsten carbide's natural durability. 

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Larson Jewelers Samuel Satin Finish Tungsten Carbide Ring

Larson Jewelers Samuel Satin Finish Tungsten Carbide Ring

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If one stone isn't enough for you, then give this ring a look. Instead of one stone, the band has three 0.03 ct round-cut white diamonds that complement the satin finish. 

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Gaboni Jewelers VICO Black Men's Tungsten Wedding Ring

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This ring is full of focal points. The center of the band has intricate details like a stainless steel finish center that is embellished with cubic zirconium diamonds. The beveled edges elevate the ring to look like a high polished and elegant band.

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Angara Comfort Fit Tungsten Carbide Men's Beveled Wedding Band

Angara Comfort Fit Tungsten Carbide Men's Beveled Wedding Band

Courtesy of Angara

With a focus on fit, this tungsten carbide ring is not only comfortable, but it offers an unforgettable look. Featuring a double beveled design, this 8mm band makes a unique statement.

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